Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse

Steroid abuse or anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse is an ever-growing problem amongst athletes and others to improve physical appearance and enhance performance. Steroids are abused by users taking them orally or injecting them and are typically used in cycles where the user takes the drugs for weeks or months, rather then taking them all the time. Often time’s users will combine many different types of steroids to maximize their effectiveness.

Steroids are available legally, by prescription to treat various body conditions and in treatment for AIDs and other diseases that cause loss of muscle mass. But, the use of steroids, even for medicinal purposes, can lead to serious, and sometimes permanent, health problems.

Abusing steroids can also cause major health issues. Some major side effects of steroid abuse are increases in cholesterol, liver tumors, cancer and jaundice. Men who are abusing steroids experience specific side effects including reduced sperm count, baldness, shrinking of the testicles, high blood pressure, infertility and increased risk for prostate cancer. Women also experience specific side effects from steroid abuse including male-pattern baldness, growth of facial hair, and a deepened voice.

For adolescents who abuse steroids they often experience a halt in growth, and accelerated puberty changes.

Additionally those who inject abuse steroids often run the risk of contracting diseases like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

Abusing steroids also causes many negative mental effects including aggression, extreme mood swings, manic-like symptoms, violence, depression, paranoid jealousy, delusions, extreme irritability, and impaired judgment.

If you or someone you know is struggling with steroid abuse call Narconon Arrowhead now at 800-468-6933.